Dylan Mee: It’s like you embarrass yourself if you say something and you embarrass yourself if you don’t.
Benjamin Mee: You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.
This was one of my favorite films when it first came out and it remains one of my favorite films to date. Actually, 1997 is one of my favorite years for film and I would be hard-pressed to pick a favorite of the five films that were up for Oscar’s top prize that year. Good Will Hunting was nominated for nine Academy Awards, winning two: Best Original Score Danny Elfman, Best Original Song “Miss Misery” by Elliott Smith, Best Film Editing, Best Supporting Actress Minnie Driver, Best Supporting Actor Robin Williams (won), Best Actor Matt Damon, Best Original Screenplay Matt Damon and Ben Affleck (won), Best Director Gus Van Sant and Best Picture. The other films up for Best Picture that year were As Good As It Gets, The Full Monty, L.A. Confidential and winner Titanic.
This trailer depresses me. I love Cameron Crowe. I love Matt Damon. I love Sigur Ros. But this trailer depresses me.
It looks like a rehash of every other Cameron Crowe movie, instead of something new. It’s got a scene eeriely similar to when Jerry Maguire quits his job, only this time with Damon instead of Crowe. Even the scene in the photo I posted looks like it was ripped out of Vanilla Sky. I hated Elizabethtown and this trailer is not making me want to give Crowe another chance despite how much I love his earlier work…
I recently saw the original film, for which John Wayne won his only acting Oscar, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m usually pretty wary of Hollywood remakes, but I almost universally love Coen brothers films, so I’m hopeful for this. Also, I have lots of love for Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin and Roger Deakins’ cinematography looks to be as lush as ever.
You can watch the trailer here on iTunes. The film is due in theaters on Decemeber 25th.